Saturday, June 18, 2016

The data is out a little early tonight

As has been noted, we're only on top of the pyramid

because we make tools and worked to get there.

And if cougar had the same attitude as leopard toward eating people, wonder how many "They were here first, leave them alone!" there'd be?

Friday, June 17, 2016

Upper 90's today, humidity way too high for comfort,

heat index around 110-111.  This time I'm staying here and going over the data with you.

This is unpossible, Australia has the GOOD gun laws!

Unveiling a new plan to tackle out-of-control gun violence in Sydney on Wednesday, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said all three strike forces had been brought together to form Operation Talon.

"There is no single source of gun crime violence...guns have fallen into the hands of organised crime, outlaw motorcycle gangs, mid-level crime groups and petty thieves and the lines are often blurred," Mr Scipione said.

"But if we don't have a SWAT team, or at least a bunch of armed agents,

we won't be some of the cool people!"
Special agents at the IRS equipped with AR-15 military-style rifles? Health and Human Services “Special Office of Inspector General Agents” being trained by the Army’s Special Forces contractors? The Department of Veterans Affairs arming 3,700 employees?

The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In its escalating arms and ammo stockpiling, this federal arms race is unlike anything in history. Over the last 20 years, the number of these federal officers with arrest-and-firearm authority has nearly tripled to over 200,000 today, from 74,500 in 1996.

What exactly is the Obama administration up to?
Hey, us peasants can't be properly controlled by agents with stern expressions, y'know.

This has been turning up.  I'd say the message is getting through.
Which has got to be causing serious chafing among the hoplophobes and gun bigots.

One more reason to get rid of the EPA: "Obey the court's order?  That's for peasants, WE are the EPA."

If you'll excuse me for a while, I'm going to try to get some mowing and such done before the heat index hits the "Why am I melting into my shoes?" point.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

A bit of why every politician pushing the no-fly list as a way to take rights away

should be horsewhipped in the town square.
Rahinah Ibrahim, a Malaysian architect with a doctorate from Stanford, knows from personal experience that they have a compelling point. Ibrahim is the only person since the 9/11 attacks to file a court challenge that ultimately removed her name from the watch lists. It took her almost a decade to prevail in court and even that victory has proved pyrrhic for her. While a federal judge agreed that her inclusion on the no-fly list was groundless, she remains unable to obtain a visa that would allow her to visit the United States even to attend academic conferences. A close look at her case by ProPublica provides dramatic evidence of what was argued this month in Washington: It is indeed remarkably easy to get on the list and nearly impossible to get off.


If I were a Brit,

and I found out about all the "You have to keep us in the EU before we'll let you see what we're up to" crap, I'd be seriously pissed.  Including
But this weekend The Sunday Times revealed there is no need for Turkey to join the EU to trigger mass migration.
Under a scheme floated by British diplomats, the UK Government could hand out some 1,500,000 visas as part of a sweetheart deal to thank Turkey for holding back refugees from crossing into Greece.
Yeah, that's just going to thrill everybody.

I really wish Arizona had gone ahead with the recall on McCain,

9/11 and all, because that chickenshit is the damage that just keeps going on.
I understand what might be the sentiment. It costs $200,000 a year to store them, and the metal could be used to construct things the army could actually use. My problem here is that the 1911s McCain has marked for destruction and repurpose are primarily the ones meant to go to the CMP.

Why McCain feels the need to strip the CMP of their shipments of 1911's to distribute to the people, I'm not sure. Perhaps it is just frugality, but getting M1911's into the hands of civilians should be something any Republican should be gung-ho to do. Especially since the CMP is one of those organizations that sells to people who have only gone through all the necessary training and education.

God knows why that bastard does ANYTHING at this point.  I just hope Arizona will finally send his ass home.

No, we don't need to worry about refugees,

or the border, nooo....
Police in a U.S. town bordering Mexico have apprehended an undocumented, Middle Eastern woman in possession of the region’s gas pipeline plans, law enforcement sources tell Judicial Watch. Authorities describe the woman as an “Islamic refugee” pulled over during a traffic stop by a deputy sheriff in Luna County, New Mexico which shares a 54-mile border with Mexico. County authorities alerted the U.S. Border Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) has been deployed to the area to investigate, sources with firsthand knowledge of the probe confirm.
There's going to be a attack of some kind by someone like this, and when people yell about it that idiot in the Oval Office and his minions will call them racist and unfeeling for being upset, "Why do you hate refugees and immigrants?", etc.

Alex Epstein had a terse response to a subpoena sent by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Wednesday.
Healey’s subpoena targeted the Center for Industrial Progress (CIP), a for-profit think tank founded by Epstein. Epstein wasn’t exactly happy about being targeted for disagreeing with Healey on global warming, so he sent the AG’s office the following response:

So, a guy who announces, before and DURING the attack, that he's with ISIS and so forth, but the Usual Suspects are still playing "We are having trouble figuring out why he did this!"
Here's that 'before':
Anyone having trouble figuring out why, or playing "It's because of Christians/conservatives/anti-gay/anything BUT jihad!" are either idiots or on the enemy side.

So Sen. Joe 'I support the 2nd Amendment' Manchin said this: Due process is what's killing us right now
So he's not actually that hot on the 2nd, and he doesn't care for that nasty due process.  What else in the Constitution he swore to uphold does he consider a problem?
Dems and media are *this* close to saying the US Constitution is killing people. They are testing those waters right now
— Stephen Miller

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I'm told there are a few quibbles, but overall

this is fairly accurate: Obama's administration is the weapons-sales champ in more ways than one.

The New York Sli- Times, which is utterly dependent on the 1st Amendment,

thinks the others- especially the 2nd- are open to be trashed.

Short version: "We think this court is illegal, and it won't actually stop terrorists and bad guys, but we want this anyway."
The piece is written by Adam Winkler, a U.C.L.A. School of Law professor. Winkler argues the secret court is a good idea because the same kind of court is already used for government surveillance, and historically, the U.S. has committed worse rights violations such as Japanese internment camps.
From a freaking law professor...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

And Jeh Johnson, the chief DHS jackass, brays again

The Islamic terrorist who carried out the horrific, atrocious attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando Sunday morning was employed by G4S security company as a licensed, professional security guard with the ability to carry a firearm on duty. He worked at the company for years. 

G4S is contracted by the Department of Homeland Security to protect federal buildings, including nuclear facilities, and is responsible for providing security protocol for major transportation hubs around the country.

Further, the terrorist (an American citizen) purchased the firearms he used Sunday legally and passed a background check to do so.

Despite these facts, during an interview with CBS this morning Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declared gun control as a "matter of national security." 
Of course he did; he's following his master's lead.

Remember, he's over the people who've never caught a terrorist at the airport, who steal your stuff, who molest you and abuse you.  But he declares "This is a matter of National Security!", and expects people to swoon and fall into line.

Fuck you, Johnson.

Another study showing "No, cholesterol isn't the horrible killer

we'd been told."
Cholesterol does not cause heart disease in the elderly and trying to reduce it with drugs like statins is a waste of time, an international group of experts has claimed. 

A review of research involving nearly 70,000 people found there was no link between what has traditionally been considered “bad” cholesterol and the premature deaths of over 60-year-olds from cardiovascular disease. 

Published in the BMJ Open journal, the new study found that 92 percent of people with a high cholesterol level lived longer.

Yes, of course it's being denied; it goes against the Settled Science(God, I've come to hate that attitude).

If you'll excuse me, I have some bacon to eat.

While all the usual suspects are screaming "BAN EVERYTHING!!",

one of the best Cluebats™ every made for beating them with came from Larry Correia, and it's here.  It's a long piece, but well worth the time to read.  And quote from.  Good for hammering idiocy.

Speaking of idiocy,
You'll notice there's no 'was used to', or any reference to human agency; it's as if the wastes of oxygen who committed the crimes didn't really exist.  Because it's so much easier to come up with idiocy such as 'This gun is JUST LIKE A NUKE!  Or a Sarin bomb!", than it is to deal with the ugly fact that evil people committed the acts.

That no-fly list Hillary and a bunch of other hoplophobes think should ban people from owning guns?  Here's part of why that's such a load of crap:
Chief Judge Alex Kozinski had a simple question for the government attorney: what would you do if you found yourself on the No Fly List? After some hemming and hawing, the attorney said that he would seek “redress” from the Department of Homeland Security – even though DHS does not place people on the No Fly list and has no authority to remove them (that’s the FBI’s job). Because, the lawyer conceded, DHS would not be able to confirm or deny whether he was on the list, he would then seek review in a federal appellate court. And what would the court be able to do?, asked Judge Kozinski. Not much, said the government lawyer. In fact, the lawyer would not even concede that a federal court possessed the authority to order someone removed from the No Fly List.

Speaking of,

Ever noticed that when Obama blames someone being radicalized on 'things found on the internet', it does two things: gives him a way to claim 'We need more control over the internet', and takes things like, say, imams saying that 'killing homosexuals is a kindness' out of the picture?